On this day, 125 years ago, the world-famous microbiologist Louis Pasteur died, but his accomplishments in the sphere of science never will.
Pasteur is renowned for his work on vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization.
His findings still help the prevention of many diseases. The first vaccines for rabies and anthrax were created by him, thus saving countless lives ever since.
Louis Pasteur is considered among the pioneers in the sphere of bacteriology and is called "the father of microbiology". He is also one of the fathers of germ theory, according to which no microorganisms would develop without prior contamination.
"The greatness of human actions is measured by the inspiration that it brings.
Today it is inevitable to ask ourselves: what would this great scientist tell us in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic if he was still alive? Please, share your thoughts on this in the comments below…
Meanwhile, let us share with you some inspiring quotes by Louis Pasteur that will make you rethink your concepts of science and humanity…
Louis Pasteur on Science, Faith, and More
1. Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. (as quoted in "Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science" (1960) by René Jules Dubos)
2.…whatever your career may be, do not let yourselves become tainted by a deprecating and barren skepticism. ("The Life of Pasteur" (1911), Volume II)
3. There does not exist a category of science to which one can give the name applied science. There are sciences and the applications of science, bound together as the fruit of the tree which bears it. ("Revue Scientifique" (1871))
4. I am utterly convinced that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity. (as quoted in "Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science" (1960) by René Jules Dubos)
5. Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. (as quoted in "There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem" (2001) by Wayne W. Dyer)
6. The human spirit, driven by an invincible force, will never cease to ask: What is beyond? ("Discours de réception de Louis Pasteur" (1882))
7. Where are the real sources of human dignity, freedom, and modern democracy, if not in the concept of infinity to which all men are equal? ("Discours de réception de Louis Pasteur" (1882))
8. The greatness of human actions is measured by the inspiration that it brings. Blessed is he who carries within himself a God, an ideal of beauty and obeys it: an ideal of art, an ideal of science, an ideal of country, an ideal virtues of the Gospel! These are the wellsprings of great thoughts and great actions. All reflections illuminate infinity. ("Discours de réception de Louis Pasteur" (1882))
Ask questions, find answers, and share your thoughts on science, art, and the challenges the world meets today by taking part in the one of a kind international scientific conference on arts and humanities "The Magic of the Renaissance" in Florence, Italy, on 26-28 October, 2020. For more information: www.sgemflorence.org